Owings Mills, River Hill reign

Eagles rout North Harford for 6th regional in 7 years

Green upset trips Franklin

Wrestling regional duals

February 10, 2000|By Edward Lee | Edward Lee,SUN STAFF

The way Owings Mills coach Guy Pritzker sees it, his team shouldn't even have been in the Class 1A/2A North Regional dual meet championship.

But the top-seeded Eagles routed No. 2 seed North Harford, 42-18, last night in Reisterstown to claim their sixth regional title in seven seasons.

Ranked eighth by The Sun, Owings Mills clinched the crown by capturing five straight weight classes between 140 and 171 pounds.

"If someone would've told me that we'd be 20-1, I'd be bankrupt right now," he joked. "I even told my AD [Randy Pentz] that not only wouldn't we be hosting this, but we wouldn't even be in it."

Some Eagles wrestlers said they had hoped to meet third-seeded Overlea, which prevented Owings Mills from winning the regional championship last season.

"We would've liked to have seen Overlea today to get another shot at them," said junior 160-pounder Ben Himowitz, who -- despite the flu -- bested North Harford's Chris Walsh, 14-11. "But we were ready to wrestle whoever came to the mat."

Owings Mills got pins from sophomore Clayton Arnold (119), sophomore Adam Metzger (140), junior Kevin Gramzaban (145) and senior Jason Summerlin (171).

One of the best matches of the evening pitted senior Scott Silverstein and Hawks sophomore Greg Rose at 125 pounds.

Nursing a 4-3 lead with less than 30 seconds left in the third period, Silverstein was awarded a point after the referee assessed a stalling penalty on Rose. Then with less than five seconds on the clock, Silverstein spun out of Rose's grip and scored the match-ending reverse.

In one semifinal, Owings Mills secured five pins in the first five weight classes to crush Aberdeen (12-4), 62-12. In the other semifinal, North Harford (10-3) notched four straight pins between 125 and 140 pounds to slip past Overlea (9-4), 38-33.

Class 3A-4A

After losing overtime bouts to Curley's state champ Darien Kess and Gaithersburg's state runner-up Mark Anderson earlier this winter, River Hill's third-ranked Ryan Green felt he was due an upset.

Green (119) got it last night over Franklin's second-ranked state champ, Matt Schuster, his 4-0 decision keying a four-bout sweep of an eventual 32-29 Class 3A-4A dual meet victory for No. 7 River Hill (15-0) at No. 3 Franklin (12-1).

"People have been saying I didn't place at states or anything, well I think I showed 'em all," said Green, a sophomore like Schuster.

Franklin, winner of last year's 1A-2A open tournament, pulled ahead, 23-20, on first-period pins by the Mays twins, Luke (152) and state champ Sam (160), ranked Nos. 1, and, 2, respectively.

But River Hill had an insurmountable 32-23 lead after consecutive pins by the Fawcett brothers, fifth-ranked senior Jason (171) and freshman Jesse (189).

In another highly anticipated bout, River Hill's top-ranked, two-time state champ, Brandon Lauer (130), major decisioned No. 2 Stan Wagner, 13-5, improving to 97-0 for his high school career.

The Hawks also got a pin from Mike Dauberman (125) and a decision by Mike Romano (135), earning a berth in Saturday's state dual meet finals at Westlake in Charles County.

"They hurt us by taking out Matt, and by matching Lauer with Wagner," said Franklin coach Scott Delpo. "All their kids did a nice job, scoring, positioning, building leads."

Franklin got a technical fall by Garrett Thrift (103) and decisions from Evan Zipper (112) and Ryan Ridgely (140), the latter over River Hill's tough Matt Shevland, 4-2.

In the semifinals, River Hill built a 31-12 lead over No. 10 Eastern Tech (11-2-1), then forfeited two of the final three bouts of its 31-30 victory. Franklin won similarly, 38-37, over Bel Air (12-1), leading 38-9 before forfeiting the last three bouts.

"What really decided it was the coin flip in the beginning," Ridgely said. "If we had a choice at 125, gotten Wagner away from Lauer, it would have given us a chance. But we lost to a great team."

Sun staff writer Lem Satterfield contributed to this article.

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